Thursday, 10 January 2013

Contributing to the Global Warming Problem

After a slight respite, temperatures in the realm have once again fallen to deathly cold readings. The Lady Commander of Copics and I rounded up all the animals, bringing them into the warmth of the Guild Hall and stables. We then made ourselves some hot beverages and relaxed by the fire. We were sitting for a mere ten minutes when we heard a tremendous thundering noise coming from outside. I raced to the frosty windows to see what the cause of the sound was. Lumbering by were hundreds of colossal snowpeople, their button eyes staring vacantly forward. I had a feeling these were some form of reanimated zombie snow-people and my fears were confirmed when I saw one pick up a lone coyote and shove the entire animal into it’s massive mouth. The Lady Commander and I donned our furs and snow gear and prepared to fell these unnatural icy beasts.
I started by stamping the snowman from “The Octopode Factory” and colouring him using Distress Markers. I used glossy accents on his button eyes to make them look more buttony. I then cut a piece of white paper for the background and spritzed it with some Dylusions spray ink. I used the “Let It Snow” stencil and Perfect Pearls Mist to add some glimmering snowflakes to the background that is annoyingly only visible in certain light. 
I used the Dylusions “Bordering on the Edge” set for the ribbon-like images in the background. I cut the hanging snowflake using the Art Philosophy cartridges and stamped the sentiment from the BugBites “Mistletoe” set. Buttons and some white snowflakes (that were originally “table confetti) finished the front of this card off.
The inside flourish is from a Recollections brand stamp. The frame I cut using the Art Philosophy cartridge and stamped the sentiment inside it using the “Mistletoe” BugBites set again.
I stamped the same flourish onto the envelope to make it match the card. No one likes a sad lonesome envelope.

This snowman will freeze up the following challenges:
The Octopode Factory Friday Challenge: It’s Snowtime!
Cute Card Thursday Challenge #251: Beat the Blues
The Perfect Sentiment Challenge #61: Winter Wonderland
My Craft Spot Challenge #81: Frosty Days
Love to Create Challenge #47: Winter Wonderland
Cupcake Craft Challenge #224: January Blues
Penny’s Paper-Crafty Challenge #109: Anything Goes
Divas By Design: Anything Goes
Simply Create Too Challenge #28: Let it Snow
Challenges 4 Everybody #11: Anything Goes
Creative Card Crew Challenge #27: Snow and Ice
Incy Wincy Designs Challenge: Something New (that snowman stamp is brand new from across the Atlantic!)
Crafting For All Seasons Challenge #43: Something New (the snowman stamp is brand new...well it has ink on it)
Jingle Belles Challenge: Look What Santa Brought Me (the snowman stamp is was brand new)
Sparkles Christmas Challenge #24: Snowmen
Pixie Dust Studios “Winter” Challenge
One Crazy Stamper January “Anything Goes” Challenge
Christmas Cards All Year ‘Round January Challenge: Anything Goes
Spark Your Creativity Now! Challenge #5: Anything Goes
CHNC Challenge #106: Santa has gone into hiding
CHNC Challenge Extra: January

There were so many of these rampant zombie snowmen that our only option was to cast our double tech Flame Fan over and over again until the evil chaps simply melted, burning through mana potions along the way. On the bright side, there is now an abundance of winter clothing strewn across the plains and the temperatures seem to be going up. What’s this global warming that the alchemists keep warning us about...??

~ Guild Master Crystal ~


Mei said...

Love the image!! I actually googled the Octopode Factory and I'm ready make a few purchases myself! Great card! Thanks for joining us this week at Love to Create!

Tabbatha Sandoval said...

An absolutely fabulous creation. I expect nothing less from a Guild Master. :) So glad that you could join us at The Octopode Factory Friday Challenge. Hope to see more of your creations. :D

jackiescrafts said...

This is certainly a different take on a snowman image but your card is great and I like the way you have used the flourish on the envelope to make it match
Thank you for joining in at Sparkles Christmas challenge this month

Jackie x

Hazel said...

This is a super card - it made me smile - thanks for entering it into both of my CHNC challenges - hope to see you again soon. x

GiGi said...

Great card and I love the story too! The flourishes look fabulous! Thanks for playing at My Craft Spot!

Rebekah said...

Love the funky background Thanks for entering our DT call at Divas and good luck hugs Rebekah xx

Deb said...

amazing card, so love that snowman!
Many thanks for joining in the
♥Cute Card Thursday Challenge♥
this week! Have a great weekend ♥Debxx

clare said...

fantastic card, really love the style! thanks for joining us @ CCAYR. x

NanaConnie said...

Love your card and your fabulous story telling! :-D We're so honored to have you join us in our "Winter Wonderland" challenge at Perfect Sentiment this week. Hope to see your beautiful work again soon.
NanaConnie DT

Wendy said...

Fabulous creation...Thanks for playing along at Divas by Design this week.
Wendy xx

Dawn @ LilyPinkScraps said...

Ha, ha!! Love the accompanying story and a great card too :) Tfs at TOFF!

CraftyGirl said...

Thank you for playing along this week at “Pin and Tack”. I sure hope you had fun!!! See you back very soon to play in another fun challenge.


Pin and Tack / Spark Your Creativity Now DT

belldoubleyou said...

Well, the sparkly snowflakes may be only visible at certain angles, but what I can see of them looks pretty darn cool!

KraftyKoolKat said...

This is great!!! Thank you for sharing it with us at Creative Card Crew.

Cathy DT

Delphine said...

Fantastic work! Thanks for joining us at Cupcake and good luck! Delphine xx

Pia S said...

I think you've made such a cool card! The image has quite a special look, and I like it!

SmilynStef said...

What a fun little guy ... love his glossy button eyes ... so glad you're starting 2013 with us at jingle belles.

sandra carey said...

Cool Card love the insert to Thanks for joining us at Love to Create this week Hugs Sandra DT xx

DianeMoneyGoolsby said...

Cute card and wonderful story! Thank you for joining us at Simply Create Too for our first 2013 challenge - "Let it Snow"! Can't wait to see what you create next challenge!

Simply Create Too Design Team Member

lauren bergold said...

what a totally fun and FESTIVE design, i just looooooooooove that "creepy cuuuuuute" snowman! thanks for sharing your cool goodies and fab card with us at JINGLE BELLES! ♥

Sue said...

A cute card. Thanks for joining us at One Crazy Stamper this month.

Bunny said...

This is lovely...Thank you for sharing with us at Penny's Paper-Crafty, and good luck.


* Shaz * said...

Great card!

Thank you for joining in the fun at Sparkles Christmas for our * Snowmen * challenge

Hope you will join us again & good luck in the draw
Hugs Shaz x

Houses Built of Cards said...

Cute card! Thanks so much for joining us this week at My Craft Spot!!!

Cheryl said...

Love it! Tee hee...thanks for sharing the little guy with us at Creative Card Crew this week!

Dawn Lancaster said...

Great little card! Such a cute image! lol
Thanks for playing at Crafting For All Seasons this time!
Good Luck in the draw!
Dawn (CFAS DT) xx

Sandra H said...

Oh wow this is a beautiful snowman creation and your colouring and layout is stunning......Thank you for joining in our challenge at Spakles Christmas Challenge Snowmen! good luck with the draw and hope to see you again DT Member Sandra H xx

flossbite said...

What a great image! Thanks for joining in the monthly fun at CHNC! Hugs Fiona x

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